With a new year comes thoughts of how to renovate, refresh and redecorate our living spaces. But design trends are notoriously fickle. The best way to be clued in? Pinterest recently released its year-end trend report, The Pinterest 100, with one hundred trend predictions — backed by global data — across its top categories. There was a 75 percent increase in home-centric Pins, according to the report. Furthermore, users put their money where their saved images are; people who use Pinterest spend 27 percent more on decor than people who don’t. Continue Reading…
It’s an exciting time–you’ve decided to move from your current residence into the home or neighborhood of your dreams. Now it’s time to consult with your Realtor, who can advise on how to prepare your home to make a beautiful first impression and attract maximum attention—and buyers. These tips from the National Association of Realtors will help your home shine!
Clean out, declutter and repair—Buyers want to imagine themselves living in their own home, not yours, so remove all personal items such as photos, knickknacks and most art objects. Buyers also want light and bright, so clean windows and shades and let the sunshine in. For the most part, today’s buyers are not looking for a project. Consult with your Realtor about which repairs are needed to make sure your home is in tip-top shape to attract desired buyers.
Speakers that can wake you up and turn up the A/C. Ovens that “talk” and “listen” to the food baking inside. Wi-Fi routers so attractive you’ll never hide them again. Homes are getting smarter and smarter, says Mansion Global. Here, a few must-haves from this year’s Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas that are on the market now — or about to be.
Timing the cycle is anyone’s guess. But a robust pipeline and emerging trends tell us what the real estate industry will be watching closely in 2018. Continue Reading…
North Texas’ leading luxury brokerage is growing again. Briggs Freeman Sotheby’s International Realty, founded in 1960 and now more than 500 agents in 10 offices across North Texas, is expanding its Commercial Division. Clients looking for investment opportunities, development opportunities, office space, property management and more will benefit from the same levels of knowledge and exceptional service given to every buyer and seller of the brokerage’s homes, ranches and land.
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Briggs Freeman Sotheby’s International Realty, the leader in luxury real estate in North Texas, announces the appointment of top industry executive Gaynelle Henger as the director of sales for its dedicated office in bustling Uptown and the co-director of sales for its largest office, Lovers Lane, in Dallas. Henger’s responsibilities will include strategic planning, business planning, agent support, agent recruitment, agent training and business leadership. Continue Reading…
According to a survey conducted by the International Association of Home Staging Professionals and StagedHomes.com, 95 percent of ASP staged homes sell in 11 days or less on average. They also sell for 17 percent more, proving the staging process is a key ingredient to achieving not only the sale of your home, but getting the best price.
Here are seven expert tips for getting your home ready:
STOCK STAR Photographed in central Texas by Nan Coulter / Briggs Freeman Sotheby’s International Realty
The famous Fort Worth Stock Show & Rodeo opens this Friday, January 12. As its slogan says: This thing is legendary. What started in 1896 as a little rodeo on the banks of a creek has grown into three weeks of ropin’, ridin’ and spectacles at the Will Rogers Memorial Center, an Art Deco wonder built in 1936. You’ll see broncos, bulls, sequins, sidesaddle drill teams, cowgirls, cowboys, trick riders, ropers, mariachis, folklorico dancers, livestock auctions, live bands, hundreds of exhibitors and thousands of people. Even the parking lots are a wow: some of the biggest, most impressive pickup trucks and horse trailers you’ve ever seen.
Now is the time for homeowners who’d like to save on property taxes.
If you purchased a home in Texas before the new year, you have until April 30, 2018 to utilize the advantages of your purchase and file for a residential homestead exemption — a legal exemption that removes part of the home’s value from taxation. With this exemption, homeowners can potentially save thousands on property taxes, depending on the value of the home.
Here are a few ways the new tax law will affect homeowners and the housing market.
Mortgage Interest Deduction
Prior to the tax reform, homeowners could deduct the interest on their mortgage debt up to $1 million.
The new law cuts the interest deduction on mortgage debt up to $750,000 for new mortgages.
Current homeowners are not impacted by this change. Also, homeowners are no longer allowed to deduct the interest they pay on home-equity debt. It is important to note that the home-equity line of credit (HELOC) deduction is NOT grandfathered. Individuals with a HELOC will lose the deduction.